Arrest In Village Homicide
PRESS RELEASE – KRONHOLM INVESTIGATION
ARRESTED – JOHN LEE NEVANS
Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider today announced the arrest of John Lee Nevans, age 67, of 330 Highland Drive, Dayton, TN in the homicide case of Ron Kronholm of Tellico Village, who was killed with multiple gunshot wounds.
Nevans is charged with 1st Degree Murder and being held at Loudon County Jail under zero bond (without bond). He was arraigned this morning and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, October 6. (rescheduled to October 27th) Nevans is a former business partner of the victim who had informed others he was unhappy with Mr. Kronholm over financial issues. Evidence at this time includes video from the Hwy 72 Deli in Loudon, blood spatter on Mr. Nevan’s clothes, maroon paint transfer on Mr. Nevan’s white Ford pick-up truck that is consistent with the color of the victim’s van, which also had white paint transfer on it, and inconsistent statements from the defendant. Other information also came to surface about Mr. Nevan’s desire to leave the country.
Sheriff Guider would like to thank District Attorney General Russell Johnson and ADA Frank Harvey for their assistance, and predicating the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to process the crime scene. A huge “thank you” to the technicians who responded along with TBI Agent Barry Brakebill.
He also thanks the Dayton Police Department and Chief Sneed for their assistance and accommodations to Loudon County investigators while they conducted their investigation. Lastly he commends the officers who responded to this tragic event for doing an outstanding job, particularly the investigative unit who has put in countless hours of hard work to see that this horrific crime was solved.
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